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07/20/21Grif.Net – Admissions (and Answers to Monday’s Quiz)

07/20/21Grif.Net – Admissions (and Answers to Monday’s Quiz)

[Hard for me =
to ‘fess up’ but wanted you all to know this]

**When =
I was young, I was poor.  But after years of hard, honest and =
painstaking work, I’m no longer young.

 

**I love to =
wear a fanny pack, but wonder if you wear it over the gut or underneath =
it?  Thanks. I don’t want to look like a =
dork.

 

**My wife =
asked me why I spoke so softly in the house.  I said I was afraid =
Mark Zuckerberg was listening.  She laughed. I laughed.  Alexa =
laughed. Siri laughed.

 

**I should not =
have eaten so many Rice Krispies as a kid.  Even now when I get up =
from my chair, I hear the familiar snap, crackle, pop from all over my =
body.

 

**I have found =
that when I tell folks that the iconic ‘cheese head’ was =
first worn at Brewer’s games, not Packer’s, my knowledge of =
history is not appreciated.

 

 

~~ANSWERS TO =
MONDAY’S ENGLISH WORDS QUIZ~~

English has =
more than a million words.  200,000 are used “commonly” =
and of these “commonly used” words, just 43 comprise =
HALF!  More astounding, of those 43 words, 9 account for 25% of the =
words English speakers/writers use!!

 

1. List the 9 =
most commonly-used words in English. (any order)

a =
AND

b =
BE

c =
HAVE

d =
IT

e =
OF

f =
THE

g =
TO

h =
WILL

i =
YOU

 

2. Almost half =
of all words commonly used are verbs. Try your hand at listing the 12 =
most common verbs (any order)

a =
SAY

b =
GET

c =
GO

d =
KNOW

e =
THINK

f =
SEE

g =
MAKE

h =
COME

i =
TAKE

j =
WANT

k =
GIVE

l =
MEAN

 

Now some =
easier questions:

 

3. How many =
distinct sounds are in English? 

a Vowels =
22

b Consonants =
22

 

4. What is the =
most common vowel sound?

SCHWA (a cross =
between eh and uh – the second sound in the word animal.  It =
is found in almost every multi-syllabic word in =
English)

 

5. What letter =
combination has more pronunciations than any =
other?

OUGH (here are =
some: bough, bought, cough, dough, hiccough, rough, thoroughbred, =
through, trough

 

6. The single =
syllable that sounds like “air” can be spelled in how many =
ways?

38 including =
air, ere, heir, hare,

 

7. What =
percentage of English words are NOT spelled phonetically (the way they =
sound)?

80%

 

8. What =
5-letter word is the only word that retrains its pronunciation even if 4 =
letters are removed?

QUEUE

 

9. What three =
English words end in “-gry”?

a =
ANGRY

b =
HUNGRY

c ANHUNGRY =
(archaic, obsolete) was used by Shakespeare in Coriolanus (Act I, scene =
1, line 209)

 

10. Is there =
an English word that uses all the vowels including “y”? =

This question =
wasn’t added FACETIOUSLY. There are UNQUESTIONABLY and UNEQUIVABLY =
over 100 such words

 

~~

Dr Bob Griffin

bob@grif.net www.grif.net

"Jesus Knows Me, This I =
Love!"